Florence Nightingale Contribution

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Florence Nightingale has long been considered the mother of modern nursing. Despite the social barriers placed before women during the 1800s, something in Florence’s character allowed her to rise that few could have foreseen. Many influential figures in the past have pondered on the idea of ‘greatness.’ As Thomas Carlyle once stated, “The history of the world is but the biography of great men.” Clearly, Carlyle’s thought was narrow-minded, as the biography of Florence Nightingale shows that the history of the world also encompasses the formation of great women. Connecting some of the pivotal points in the life of this great woman will lend a fuller picture to our own history, as well as our own formation.
Florence Nightingales father imbued a progressive and philanthropic ideology within Florence from a young age. Fortunately for Florence, her father was very much in support of education for women, as well as their advancement within society. Her father taught her, as well as her sister, “music; grammar; composition; modern languages; classical Greek and Latin; constitutional history and Roman, Italian, German, and Turkish history; and mathematics” (page 36).
Additionally, her father seemed to place great emphasis on critical and experimental thinking. Florence’s penchant for independence in this regard is exemplified in the sketch drawn by her aunt, Julia Smith, which depicts Florence with her sister, Parthenope, as well as her father walking down the street. Whereas
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